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Species Dichotomius carolinus

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Coprini
Genus Dichotomius
Species carolinus (Dichotomius carolinus)
Other Common Names
Carolina Copris (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dichotomius carolinus (Linnaeus, 1767). Synonyms, etc.:
Pinotus carolinus
Copris carolinus
Pinotus bituberculatus Harold 1869
D. colonicus is often treated as a subspecies of D. carolinus.
Size
20-30 mm
Identification
A big, black or blackish-brown, and bulky dung beetle. Note prominent striations on elytra, though these are often partly filled with dirt. Pronotum distinctively shaped. Vertex of head has short, blunt horn in male (2).
Range
e US (TX-FL-MA-SD)
Habitat
Open habitats with dung of large mammals such as cows, horses.
Season
Spring, summer, early fall. Reported in literature: April-September (South Carolina), April-October (North Carolina).
Life Cycle
Typically found near cow and horse dung. Habits said to be similar to Onthophagus. Buries dung in place--does not roll it away. Comes to lights, though perhaps not frequently, according to several sources.

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Remarks
Said to be so strong that it is hard to hold within a clenched fist.
See Also
Print References
Arnett et al., p. 171, fig. 420--ill. adult, larva, nest ball (3)
Brimley, p. 199 (4)
Dillon and Dillon, p. 512, plate 49--Pinotus carolinus (2)
Harpootlian, p. 17, fig. 24 (5)
Papp, p. 183, fig. 627 (1)
Salsbury, p. 179--photo (6)
Sikes, p. 6--illustration, p. 124--account (7)
Swan and Papp, p. 430, fig. 893 (8)
White, p. 140, fig. 53 (9)
Works Cited
1.Introduction to North American Beetles
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
2.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
3.How to Know the Beetles
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
5.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
6.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.
7.The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island, an Annotated Checklist
Derek Sikes. 2004. Rhode Island Natural History Survey.
8.The Common Insects of North America
Lester A. Swan, Charles S. Papp. 1972. Harper & Row.
9.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.